Judith Butler, incest, and the question of the child's love

Kilby, JE ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5641-9981 2010, 'Judith Butler, incest, and the question of the child's love' , Feminist Theory, 11 (3) , pp. 255-265.

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In contrast to Judith Herman, who understands incest exclusively in terms of power, Judith Butler insists on the importance of the child’s love for our understanding of incest. Butler’s thinking in this respect is suggestive but underdeveloped, while also holding considerable implications for how we might understand the role of violence in social life. This article develops and assesses her thinking on the child’s love and its relation to the question of violence and trauma more generally. At issue is the question of how we are to understand violence. Is it always motivated? Is it always destructive? And finally are there limits to what can be understood?

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Feminist Theory
Publisher: Sage
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1464-7001
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Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2011 13:23
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 16:18
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/19266

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